Avalanche Observation, Odell Gully
By Helon Hoffer | Mount Washington Avalanche Center
Date of Observation: January 28, 2019 1:00 PM
Location of Observation: Huntington Ravine
Likely occurred evening of 1/27 or later that night.
Upon touring into Huntington, debris was visible in the run out of Odell Gully. We could not identify a crown, though we think it initiated on or just below the ice. The debris was 2 feet deep in places, with a vertical run of perhaps 300 feet.
We also noted that the January 25 melt/freeze crust was visible in many places in the Fan, as well as at mid-elevations of the North Wall. Central, above the ice in Odell, and South all looked very smooth and pillowed. We skied from roughly the start of Pinnacle Buttress (rock climb) and crossed though the debris in Odell. The snow surface varied from Where the wind slab existed as a cohesive layer, there was a definite softer layer below. We saw minimal cracking on our kick turns and hand shears had varied results, with some failing on isolation and some requiring minimal effort.